Saturday night the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter flight crew was dispatched by the Hamilton ICU retrieval team on two urgent medical retrievals.
The first at 9.15pm was to Taumarunui Hospital to uplift a 51 year old male from National park who had suffered a significant medical event.
The second request came at midnight to uplift a critically ill 50 year old man from Tokoroa hospital.
Both patients were flown to Waikato Hospital.
Both night missions were flown with NVG and also conducted under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions due to the advancing deteriorating weather due in the central North Island.